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The Camera and Case is a puzzle in Professor Layton and the Curious Village.

Puzzle

US Version

While walking through a market on vacation, you notice a small stand selling cameras. A camera- and-case set is selling for $310. The seller tells you that the camera costs $300 more than the case itself and that the case costs the price of the set minus the cost of the camera.
You decide you'd rather wait on buying a camera and opt to just buy the case alone. You hand the seller a $100 bill and see his eyes light up. Think fast now! How much change should you be getting back?

UK Version

While walking through a market on holiday, you notice a small stand selling cameras. A camera and case set is selling for £310. The merchant tells you that the camera costs £300 more than the case itself and that the case costs the price of the set minus the cost of the camera.
You decide to just buy the case without the camera. You hand the merchant £100. How much change should you get back?

Hints




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This puzzle isn't math intensive, but there is a particularly tricky aspect to it that trips most people up.
The camera and case cost a total of $310 but differ in price by $300.

OK, if you assume the case costs X, then the camera must cost X plus $300.
This means that the camera itself must cost more than $300.

The case and camera cost $310 together. The camera costs $300 more than the case.
It may seem like the answer is $300 for the camera and $10 for the case, but if you do the math, you'll see that the difference in price is only $290.
Have you noticed that already?


Solution

Incorrect

Oh, no!

Think carefully or you might just get shortchanged!

Correct

Good thinking!

US Version

That merchant had an awfully misleading way of explaining things, didn't he? Make sure you don't get duped by some swindler next time you go out shopping!

UK Version

That merchant had an awfully misleading way of explaining things, didn't he? Make sure you don't get tricked by some swindler next time you go shopping!

CV042S
The solution is $95

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